Holtom Clinches Season ST Title with Six-Hour Race Win at VIR In a day marked by flawless October weather, the Chevrolet team of Jamie Holtom and Lason Aschenbach and Ken Dobson clinched the team season championship in the Grand-American Sports...
Holtom Clinches Season ST Title with Six-Hour Race Win at VIR
In a day marked by flawless October weather, the Chevrolet team of Jamie Holtom and Lason Aschenbach and Ken Dobson clinched the team season championship in the Grand-American Sports Car Series KONI Challenge Street Tuner class by finishing in Saturday’s half of the Bosch Engineering Twin Six-Hours.
The race, run for six hours under cloudless Virginia skies, ended with the Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt ahead of Compass360’s Acura TSX by only 1.436 seconds. In third place and less than a quarter second back was a second Georgian Bay car, the No. 01 Cobalt, which put an exclamation point on the bowtie brigade’s season in ST. The second car was also driven by Holtom and Aschenbach, but joined this time by Eric Curran. The No. 01 car clinched the season championship earlier this season and finished the year with 282 points, to the nearest competitor’s 236, earned by seventh-place finishers Bob Beede and Hugh and Matt Plumb, in the No. 29 Bill Fenton Motorsport Honda Civic Si.
The driver’s season championship went to Jamie Holtom, leading comfortably going into the race, but still potentially a runner-up in the season, ended up in the winning and third-place cars, so his points only count for the higher finish. This made his points total for the year 287 points, to second-place 239 points for Adam Burrows. “It was great, said Holtom. “We started the No. 01 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt up near the front of the field and we were able to keep it there all day long.” Burrows, who started the race ranked sixth in points, leapfrogged over four competitors to earn second place in the season awards banquet Monday night in Greensboro, N.C.
With seven cautions for 22 laps slowing the race, action on the historic 3.27-mile road course came fast and furious, with 21 lead changes among 14 drivers, the longest period any driver led at only 20 laps, when Lawson Aschenbach held onto the lead just before midway in the race. Eric Curran took over from his teammate, eventually heading 23 laps. Aschenbach topped the field with 36 laps led, out of the 147 completed, for a race distance of 480.69 miles.
Racing action continues Sunday morning, with the 10:00 green flag to start the season-ending race for the Grand Sport class. That race will start with Bill Auberlen on pole in the Turner Motorsport BMW M3.
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